ICPC Arraigns PRODA DG For Alleged N23.5m Fraud

The Independent Corrupt Practices and other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) has arraigned the Director-General of Project Development Institute, PRODA, Enugu, Engr. Dr. Charles Agulanna, for allegedly committing procurement fraud.

Engr. Agulanna, facing a one count charge, was arraigned before Hon. Justice Buba Ibrahim of the Federal High Court sitting in Enugu.

TheFact Nigeria reports that Engr Agulanna, sometime in August, 2017, while serving as Director General of Projects Development Institute, committed procurement fraud by awarding a contract for the revaluation of land belonging to PRODA in the sum of N23,500,037.50 to T.O. Thomas & Co. even when the company was not a registered surveyor/valuer and did not submit any memorandum of understanding with any registered surveyor/valuer in its tender bid. Agulanna, thereby committing an offence contrary to section 58(4)(b) and punishable under section 58(5) of the Public Procurement Act 2007.

The defenfant pleaded not guilty to the charge after it was read to him.

The defense counsel, G.D. Joshua Esq, who had earlier submitted a written bail application, prayed the court to grant his client bail, stating that his client was a man of credible personality that would not jump bail.

The ICPC counsel, O.J. Ochigbo, did not oppose the bail, but said the court should grant him bail with stringent conditions.

The presiding Judge, Justice Buba Ibrahim, therefore granted bail to the defendant in the sum of N5m and two reliable sureties in the like sum.

Justice Ibrahim also asked the defendant and his sureties to submit 2 passport photographs each to the court, and thereafter adjourned the matter to the 21st of October 2021 for hearing.

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